This blog documents the progress of a finescale model railway layout based on the locality of Kingsvale, NSW, on the Blayney-Cowra-Demondrille line, circa 1953. Kingsvale is a fruit growing area and is the first station from Demondrille when heading north towards Cowra. It is the only crossing loop between
Demondrille and Young. Demondrille is on the main south and was the location of extensive railway infrastructure including a coal bunker to service locomotives on the main line.
Kingsvale, NSW 1963
A view of Kingsvale station, looking north towards Cowra c1963. Courtesy Ken Ames, "From Grease to Gold Braid".
Wednesday, 14 March 2012
Modelling a platform - 1
It turns out I posted many of those photos of Kings' Vale already, so I must remember not to post so late at night. Or perhaps it's a sign of early dementia.
Here is a bit more detail on how I went about modelling the platform for Kingsvale.
The platform itself is a piece of 19mm ply. I glued a piece of 3mm balsa on the top which I shaped using sandpaper to represent the slight fall from the station building to the platform edge for drainage.
The ground also seems to fall away under the station building, and I presume that the building piers are slightly visible from the road side. You can see the gap on the right edge of the photo.
The brick face is Keiran Ryan's etched brass English Bond, while the strip along the top is from one of the European manufacturers of styrene brick sheet (Kibri, Noch, etc).
There is a visible edge where the balsa joins the ply, so this was blended out with some polyfilla and sanded smooth.
Not a great photo, but it shows the polyfilla applied to blend in the balsa
Another lousy photo, but the contour of the platform is just visible.
This one is another photographic masterpiece, showing the filler used to smooth the edge of the balsa
I've been finding a bit of time and getting into it lately, so I should have more posts to come in the next week or two.